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ATB Price Comparison

Here is nice ATB price comparison by YouTube user Silver Slacker. Why pay more for ATB 5 oz. silver coins when you can buy it from ModernCoinmart (MCM) at competitive prices, including FREE shipping?

2015 American Silver Eagles – Where to Find the Best Deals

Are you in the market for an American Silver Eagle or two, specifically the 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU)? Are you looking for the best deals available on 2015 American Silver Eagle coins, especially when shipping and hidden fees are brought into the equation? If yes, be sure to look no further, you’ve come to the right place.

American Silver Eagles certainly need no introduction here, so let’s get on with it…

Normally I only focus on the “Big 5” online coin and precious metals dealers in the States, but was prompted to bring two much smaller US-based dealers into the equation, namely SD Bullion and JM Bullion. I normally tend to focus only on the “Big 5”, because they have more experience and is normally better equipped to make the largest impact possible. I mean, if one is hoping to make a positive difference by equipping customers with the knowledge required to make informed decisions when it comes to choosing the right coin & precious metals dealer, it makes a lot of sense to have the primary focus on the “Big 5” where the biggest impact can potentially be made. However, I will entertain SD Bullion and JM Bullion this time around at the expense of Gainesville Coins and SilverTowne

Lot of 5 - 2015 1oz. Silver Eagle GEM BU

Best Deal in Comparison – Lot of 5 – 2015 1oz. Silver Eagle GEM BU

I want to prove for one that free shipping with no restrictions in terms of an order minimum, as offered by ModernCoinMart (MCM), is way better than to have free shipping with order minimums as APMEX, JM Bullion and Provident Metals have in place. All three of the latter force customers to place orders of $99 or more in order to qualify for free shipping. In fact, you cannot place an order of less than $99 if you wish to do business with JM Bullion.

Now while SD Bullion has no order minimum in place and offers flat rate shipping of $7.77 on all US domestic shipments for a limited time, it doesn’t mean that their customers are necessarily getting the best deal on 2015 American Silver Eagles.

Furthermore, I’ve decided to use an order minimum of 5 x 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU) in my comparison. This is because of the order minimum of $99 or more that APMEX, JM Bullion and Provident Metals have in place in order to qualify for free shipping.

In addition to the above, in order to keep my comparison as fair as possible, the following should be noted:

Live Pricing: The prices of 2015 American Silver Eagles have live pricing enabled at the websites of the relevant dealers. This means prices continuously update with up-to-the-minute market conditions. Therefore, don’t use the price data in my comparison below as a measure of exactly what you can expect to pay at the respective online coin & precious metals dealers. The data in terms of the comparison below was taken or captured at approximately 01:30 Eastern Standard Time (EST) – Tuesday, March 31, 2015. However, the results of my comparison shouldn’t be taken at face value, but only seen as a guide in terms of the best deals potentially available on 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU). If you’re looking for the best up-to-the-minute deals, then this comparison is probably not for you.

Least Expensive Option: I always use the least expensive option when doing my comparisons. In other words, if any seller offers “lots” and a volume discount, I will use the less expensive option of the two for the comparison.

Published Price Matching Policy: MCM will match or beat a competitor’s price as per their published pricing matching policy. Terms & Conditions apply that can be found here. This while SD Bullion offers a low price guarantee that can be found here. I stand to be corrected, but I am not aware if any of the other dealers in my comparison have published pricing matching policies in place. Nonetheless, I’ve taken no such policies into account in my comparison, although it is a real possibility that it might impact on final prices and/or deals offered.

Website Deals/Prices: I’ve only taken deals and/or prices quoted at the websites of the relevant dealers into account. eBay deals and/or prices were excluded as well as limited time specials offered at their websites (except in terms of the limited time special SD Bullion offers on shipping). This is to be able to as far as possible compare apples to apples and not skew the results in favor of one dealer based on short-term, special events. 

International Shipping: I have not taken international shipping rates nor international shipping options into account, but I know that not all of the dealers ship internationally, and that those who do, more than one offer different international shipping options, some better than others.  

Credit Card/PayPal Prices: I’ve taken a conscience decision to only focus on credit card or PayPal prices in my comparison. This is to keep my comparison straightforward and uncomplicated. The reason being is because most dealers are willing to negotiate lower prices when it comes to check/wire prices. Thus, I tend to shy away from those prices, because I try to keep the subjectivity of price negotiations out of my comparisons. This is to keep it fair towards all.

Other factors: When it comes to deciding which online coin & precious metals dealers offer the best deals, or best value for money overall, one has to look beyond the total cost charged (prices + shipping cost + hidden fees). Total cost charged is of course an important factor to consider, but the serious collector and/or investor also want to consider factors such as experience and size, customer service, consumer protection, payment methods, returns & cancellations and more. 

Screenshots: I’ve decided to do away with tables in my comparisons and use screenshots of the respective deals instead. This should be easier on the eye and add to some extent credibility to the data provided.

Here is a list of the above-mentioned online coin and precious metals dealers, listed from best to worst, when it comes to the buying of 5 x 2015 1 oz Silver American Eagles (BU/GEM BU)…

[Click on an image to go to the relevant deal]

1. MCM – $103.10 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (GEM BU)

mcm price comparison

2. Provident Metals – $104.80 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

provident metals price comparison

3. SD Bullion – $104.93 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

sd bullion price comparison

4. JM Bullion – $104.94 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

jm bullion price comparison

5. APMEX – $108 in Total for 5 x 2015 ASEs (BU)

apmex price comparison

2015 China Silver Pandas – Where to Find the Best Deals

Are you in the market for a China Silver Panda or two, specifically 2015 China Silver Pandas? Are you looking for the best deals on 2015 China Silver Pandas? If yes, be sure to look no further, you’ve come to the right place.

2015 China Silver Pandas 1

China Silver Panda coins certainly need no introduction here, although it is certainly newsworthy to mention the Chinese government’s controversial decision to stop inscribing the silver weight and purity on these coins. Thus, starting with the 2015 China Silver Panda, no indication will be given on the coin of its silver purity and weight (“1oz Ag .999”). This leaves a cleaner design, but whether it will be accepted by those who buy China Silver Pandas for both its precious metals and collector’s value, stand to be seen.

2015 China Silver Pandas 2

2015 China Silver Pandas 3

The 2015 China Silver Pandas are on pre-order at more than one online coin and precious metals dealer. Shipping is expected to begin early to mid-December 2014. However, the focus will only be here on the “Big 5” online coin and precious metals dealers here in the States, in alphabetic order: APMEX, Gainesville Coins, ModernCoinMart (MCM) and SilverTowne. Provident Metals didn’t have the 2015 China Silver Pandas available for pre-order at their website at the time of writing, so will not be included in the comparison.

I’ve chosen to make a comparison between the above-mentioned dealers, because they count among the cream of the crop when it comes to online coin and precious metals dealers. In order to keep it fair, I’ve decided to do a like-for-like comparison by taking price and other data from the respective websites at the same time, deal for deal. This was done on Thanksgiving Day this year (2014) between 08:00 and 08:30 EST. 

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Panda bear playing in the snow – Image Source: WallpapersCraft.com

Now while the respective prices are certainly not set in concrete and current prices will most likely differ from prices taken at the date and times specified above, it can certainly to some extent provide one with valuable insight into which of the companies offer the best deals when it comes to the pre-ordering or buying of 2015 China Silver Pandas.

So with the above in mind, I included the data obtained, in no specific order, in the tables below (best prices and/or deals in bold):

best deals table

2015 1 Oz Chinese Silver Panda Coin APMEX

2015 1 Oz Chinese Silver Panda Coin Gainesville

mcm table

*For some reason MCM lots are currently priced higher than using the volume discount feature. 

silvertowne table

In conclusion:

  • SilverTowne offers the best deals on 2015 China Silver Pandas if you’re in the market for less than 5 coins.
  • ModernCoinMart (MCM) offers the best deals on 2015 China Silver Pandas if you’re in the market for 5 coins or more.
  • APMEX and Gainesville Coins offer the worst deals on 2015 China Silver Pandas, but Gainesville Coins offer better deals than APMEX.
  • ModernCoinMart (MCM) offers the most choices in terms of 2015 China Silver Panda product options.
  • APMEX and Gainesville Coins offer fewer choices than MCM in terms of 2015 China Silver Panda product options, but more than SilverTowne.
  • SilverTowne offers the fewest choices in terms of 2015 China Silver Panda product options.

2015 China Silver Pandas NGC 1

2015 China Silver Pandas NGC 2

NGC Graded & Slabbed – 2015 China Silver Pandas

Now of course nothing is set in concrete here and the following must be taken into account:

  • Live Pricing: It is no secret that the prices of the 2015 China Silver Pandas have live pricing enabled. This means prices continuously update with up-to-the-minute market conditions. Thus, don’t use the price data in the above comparison(s) as a measure of exactly what you will pay at the respective online coin & precious metals dealers now.
  • Published Price Matching Policy: MCM will match or beat a competitor’s price as per their published pricing matching policy. This while, as far as I know, the others have no published pricing matching policy in place. Thus, while it was not taken into account when the above comparison(s) were made, it can certainly make a difference. Therefore, it is recommended to contact MCM before buying from any of their competitors, because there is a real possibility that MCM may match or beat a price on a given item. Terms & Conditions apply that can be found here.
  • Website Deals/Prices: I’ve only taken deals and/or prices quoted at the websites of the relevant dealers into account. eBay deals and/or prices were excluded.
  • Domestic Shipping: MCM offers free domestic shipping on all items while SilverTowne offers free shipping on a selection of items, including the 2015 China Silver Pandas. On the other hand, the standard shipping charges of APMEX are as follow: $9.95 (USD) for orders of $50.00 – $499.99 (USD), $14.95 (USD) for orders of $500.00 – $4,999.99 (USD), free for orders of $5,000* (USD) and over. This while the shipping and insurances charges of Gainesville Coins are “based off of the weight and value of the package, as well as where it’s shipped to” (as per their website).
  • International Shipping: I’ve not taken international shipping or the cost of international shipping into account, but I do know that MCM for one ships to a greater selection of countries than APMEX and accepts orders of almost any size. APMEX, on the other hand, has high minimum international order requirements in place, which makes it virtually impossible for the little guy to order from them. This while SilverTowne only ships to Canada and Gainesville Coins only to an undisclosed number of countries, although they also accept orders of almost any size.
  • Volume Discounts: All provide volume discounts, except SilverTowne. This can also impact on the results of the above comparison(s) made. This has also contributed to the fact, that although some offer the best prices when it comes to sending payment via wire/check, I’ve taken a conscience decision to leave wire/check prices out of the comparison.
  • Other factors: When it comes to deciding which online coin & precious metals dealers offer the best deals or best value for money, one has to look beyond the prices and shipping cost charged. These are of course important factors to consider, but you also want to consider factors such as experience and size, customer service, consumer protection, payment methods, returns & cancellations, etc. The bullion dealer comparisons and/or bullion dealer reviews at Bullion Dealer Reviews and Compare Bullion Websites take these factors into account. You may want to give it a read-through before making the next purchase, because the best price may not always equate to the best deal.

Now while the above is by no means extensive, it should give the prudent silver stacker, coin collector and/or investor valuable insight that can be used as a point of reference when he/she decides to pre-order or buy 2015 China Silver Pandas. SilverTowne and ModernCoinMart (MCM) are the clear choices here. 

raw china panda coin

Single Coin (In Capsule) – 2015 China Silver Pandas

Lot of 5 2015 China Silver Pandas

Lot of 5 – 2015 China Silver Pandas

Lot of 10 2015 China Silver Pandas

Lot of 10 – 2015 China Silver Pandas

Sheet of 30 2015 China Silver Pandas

Sheet of 30 – 2015 China Silver Pandas

Box of 600 2015 China Silver Pandas

Box of 600 – 2015 China Silver Pandas